Great 3-mile roundtrip hike to a swimming hole known as the Power Dam. You can take a swim to cool off from the hike!

This is a great little swimming hole spot in Moab. A lot of locals will call it The Power Dam. It's just a short easy 1.5 mile hike up the canyon to a natural swimming pool where you can swim and hangout. This is a perfect little spot to check out in Moab while visiting the great national parks. There are a few different spots where people jump off into the water from. They range from 10-40 feet. If you choose to jump, please be very careful as the water is not very deep.

Moab is an extremely popular place having 2 national parks in one destination. This spot is nice because you can get the red rock experience with some friends without the big crowds at the national parks.

On the hike you will have to cross the water a couple of times. There are also slippery rocks in the pool so bring shoes you can get wet.

The parking area holds about 33 cars, so if that is full, please respect the neighborhood and residents and come back another time. Please don't park on private property.

Pack List

  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Plenty of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Go-Pro
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Activities Chillin, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Local's Spot Ruined by Tourists

Articles like this have lead thousands of tourists to this once-local swimming spot, and now the magic is lost. The only reason locals would jump into the pools without hurting themselves is because they grew up swimming here, and they knew exactly where and how to jump. When tourists visit this spot, they often jump in the wrong way and end up with broken bones. They also don't know where to go to the bathroom, so I wouldn't trust swimming in the water anymore :/. Since this place is being advertised online as a tourist destination, bus loads of kids and families stop here. Now the place is always filthy and loud. The point of visiting the desert is to enjoy the unique arid landscape, the starry night sky, and the sweet silence of the remote wilderness. If you're not being respectful and quiet then you defeat the whole purpose of visiting the desert. What a shame that we have lost this special place to the tourism industry. If you're going to visit the areas around Moab, please be respectful, thoughtful, and stay on designated trails. If you really want to cool off in a pool during the summer, Moab has a brand new recreation center, with indoor/outdoor pools. Remember, you're no more special than anyone else, so don't be disrespectful to the people who call this place home.

Power dam

Definitely do not cliff jump. I jumped off the lowest point 5'2" and I shattered my heel and had 2 surgeries. Never again.

about 2 years ago

Don't jump

The water is about 2-3 feet deep in most places. I bruised my heels jumping in. Don't do it


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